McCulloch at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 5, 2008
|Born||Bruce Ian McCulloch
May 12, 1961
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Other names||Brucio (nickname)|
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, writer, musician, film director|
|Tracy Ryan (m. 2003)|
Bruce Ian McCulloch (born May 12, 1961) is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, musician and film director. McCulloch is best known for his work as a member of The Kids in the Hall, a popular Canadian comedy troupe, and as a writer for Saturday Night Live. McCulloch has also appeared on series such as Twitch City and Gilmore Girls. He directed the films Dog Park, Stealing Harvard and Superstar.
McCulloch was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He attended Strathcona Composite High School in Edmonton and competed in both track-and-field and swimming, winning two individual provincial titles. McCulloch is a graduate of Mount Royal College located in Calgary, Alberta.
As a member of The Kids in the Hall comedy troupe, McCulloch frequently wrote surreal monologues, films and songs. He also directed several of the filmed sketches. Memorable characters included the Flying Pig, Cabbage Head, talkative schoolchild Gavin, pop starlet Tammy, secretary Kathie, and grumpy middle-aged man Gordon.
McCulloch appeared in The Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy, released in 1996. McCulloch drew controversy with his Cancer Boy character, introduced on the series' final episode, in which he plays a dying young cancer patient using wheelchair who relates otherwise depressing news, in monotone, with a cheerful smile, and even releases a hit single entitled "Whistle When You're Low." Paramount Pictures fought to edit out the offending scenes, yet they were still kept in. Among other characters, McCulloch also appeared as Grivo, a depressed rock star.
McCulloch has released two albums: 1995's Shame-Based Man produced by Bob Wiseman, (praised by Allmusic as the "most remarkable of comedy albums: one that bears (frequent) repeated listenings") and 2002's Drunk Baby Project.
McCulloch also directed the music video for the Tragically Hip's song "My Music at Work," for which he won the award of "Best Director" at the 2000 MuchMusic Video Awards. McCulloch was close friends with Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. The video shares much in common with many The Kids in the Hall sketches, including its office setting, camera angles, and some thematic elements. McCulloch also starred in and co-directed the music video for 1997's "Make You Mad" by Canadian band The Odds.
McCulloch also co-wrote and had a bit part in Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel (1988). In the CBS prime-time special, (also featuring Dana Carvey, Al Franken, Jan Hooks, and others) he played a patron of a store that, among other things, sold counterfeit Kryptonite.
He also played the judge in "To Kill a Chupacabraj" in Season 3 of Workaholics, Father Marsala in season 4 of Arrested Development, and Tobin on Gilmore Girls. He created and stars in the sitcom Young Drunk Punk, which debuted in 2015, and wrote and plays a small part in the 2018 web series This Blows.